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Official Genius Alison Bechdel’s Next Memoir To Focus On Her Fitness Obsession

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Hot on the heels of being named a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant, cartoonist Alison Bechdel has revealed through her publisher the subject of her third comics memoir; her lifelong obsession with health and fitness.

The Secret To Superhuman Strength does not mark a radical career switch for Bechdel into superhero comics. According to an announcement in the New York Times, the book will focus instead on both Bechdel's personal relationship with exercise and the history of fitness fads in America.

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ComiXology Announces Second Wave Of Publishers With DRM-Free Titles

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Back in July, ComiXology addressed one of the biggest questions people had with its digital comics service: Do customers actually own the issues they buy?

The company unviled a DRM-free backup feature, but only for a handful of publishers, including Image Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, and Top Shelf Productions, among others. This week, ComiXology announced a second wave of publishers that will offer DRM-free downloads -- and no, Marvel and DC still aren't part of the deal.

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Valiant Offers Biggest Comic Book Humble Bundle Yet To Benefit CBLDF And Other Charities

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Since the spring, more and more comic publishers have offered up super-cheap collections of comics on Humble Bundle, for the benefit of charities including the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the Hero Initiative, and Doctors Without Borders.

You can add Valiant Comics to that esteemed group. Starting Wednesday, the publisher has been offering up collections of its top titles, including Quantum & Woody, Unity, Harbinger, Bloodshot and more. Fans can name their price, help a charity, and get a whole bunch of great comics in the process.

According to a Valiant press release, the 24 graphic novels and comic collections offered up in the deal have a retail value of more than $420, making it the biggest comic offer in Humble Bundle history.

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Link Ink: ‘Doctor Strange’ Gets A Release Date, ‘Arrow’ Gag Reel And Textin’ With Groot

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Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.

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Jim Gibbons And Caleb Goellner Launch Sasquatch Revenge Mystery ‘Birchsquatch’ On Gumroad

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Those of you who pay attention to such things may have been wondering just what our former senior editor Caleb Goellner has been up to since he left ComicsAlliance earlier this year. Personally, I would've guessed that he'd spent the last few months swimming in a Scrooge McDuckian bin of Power Rangers and Ninja Turtles action figures, but that is not the case. It turns out that he's been working on a new comic, alongside writer Jim Gibbons, the Eisner-winning editor of Dark Horse Presents.

The book is called Birchsquatch, and it is quite possibly the greatest sasquatch-based sci-fi revenge mystery of autumn 2014, and it's available now on Gumroad as a pay-what-you-want download.

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‘Fun Home’ Creator Alison Bechdel Receives MacArthur Genius Grant

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Cartoonist Alison Bechdel is virtually a household name at this point. Her comics, including Fun Home and Dykes To Watch Out For, are deservedly critically acclaimed, and 'The Bechdel Test' has become an increasingly relevant shorthand for analysis of gender diversity in fiction. In other words, she's a genius, and today, that became official.

Bechdel is one of the latest recipients of The MacArthur Foundation's "Genius Grant," which honors "talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction," and comes with an award of $625,000 that can be spent any way the recipient sees fit.

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Breakdown Press Announces Second Book In Alt Manga Line: Masahiko Matsumoto’s ‘The Man Next Door’

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Breakdown Press, currently the most interesting outfit operating in UK comics, continues apace with the publication of exciting book after exciting book. Earlier this year, in June, it announced the launch of a new line of translations of classic and avant garde Japanese comics in association with manga scholar and translator Ryan Holmberg (who previously worked with PictureBox in a similar capacity), the first of which was Seiichi Hayashi 1969 'blues manga,' Flowering Harbour.

The second book in the publisher's alternative manga line will be Masahiko Matsumoto's The Man Next Door, collecting four gekiga stories from the 1950s. The book will be released to coincide with the London Cartoon Museum’s Gekiga exhibition, which begins on September 23rd, and will be available online at the Breakdown Press store shortly after.

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Creator Of ‘The 99′ Is Defiant In The Face Of Islamic State Death Threat

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Back in July, representatives from Islamic State, the jihadist group sometimes referred to as ISIS, or ISIL, publicly called for the death of Dr. Naif al-Mutawa, the creator of The 99, a Muslim comic about 99 young heroes who reflect the 99 attributes ascribed to Allah in the Quran.

In a column published in the United Arab Emirates newspaper The National, al-Mutawa explained that the calls for his death originated from a fatwa that was issued based on "false accusations and misstatements" from an "ambulance chaser."

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Link Ink: New ‘Flash’ Screenshots, ‘Mega Man’ Preview And An ‘Avengers: The Age Of Ultron’ Synopsis

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Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.

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Sony TV’s ‘Powers’: First Photo of Sharlto Copley and Susan Heyward’s Christian and Deena

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It's taken a good long while for Brian Michael Bendis' revered 'Powers' comic to finally get its own series, but with Sony TV and the Playstation Network officially backing a new adaptation with Sharlto Copley in the lead, it's time to suit up. Meet our new Detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim in the first official photo from forthcoming superhero drama 'Powers'!

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